The 12th annual Festa Italiana stretches along Taylor Street between Ashland Avenue and Racine Street. Longtime family-owned restaurants and neighborhood newcomers will serve up some of the best food in the city. Southside Smitti’s giardiniera has been around since 1918 so come by our tent and taste what others have been enjoying for generations and let us know what you think.

After you visit our tent enjoy Italian and Italian-American singers perform American and Italian classics. An Italian dance ensemble will perform and teach the tarantella, a well-loved Italian folk dance performed at Italian weddings. Fest-goers will have the opportunity to play Italian card games, compete in contests to see who can consume the most meatballs and cannoli, buy Italian-themed art, and other merchandises.